Grateful Dead Live at San Diego International Sports Arena on 1973-11-14
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Big Railroad Blues
Here Comes Sunshine
Black Throated Wind
The Race Is On
Brown Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
The Other One ->
Big River ->
The Other One ->
Eyes Of The World ->
The Other One ->
Me And My Uncle
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night
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|Big Railroad Blues|
|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Black Throated Wind|
|The Race Is On|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|Around And Around|
|The Other One ->|
|Big River ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Me And My Uncle|
|Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->|
|One More Saturday Night|
-- Each set is seamless
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Samplitude Professional v7.02 -> FLAC
- San Diego, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: 8th Trip Around the Sun
Subject: Shake it Sugaree..
Another outstanding show from 73.
Donna still on board for this one.
One of the best excursions of 'The Other One'
post 'He Had to Die' time period.
I could comment on each and every tune
but the music speaks for itself...
Subject: Good from the word go
Subject: nice fall 73'
Subject: A5 star + Performance
Subject: Turn on a Dime Dead
The setlist is essentially perfect for my taste. The first set opens with a perfect BIG RR and never really lets up. HCS and Cumberland are absolute top notch, upper echelon tunes. El Paso Is the best I’ve heard, there is no doubt in my mind. The work Jerry does, the scales up and down sounding totally effortless and at the perfect level so they he doesn’t interfere with Bobby, is remarkable. China>Rider is even a little Veneta-ish sounding to me. Yea it’s that good, and so is the first set.
The second set includes an 80 minute, jazzy Truckin’ Triple decker TOO chunk that needs to be heard to be believed…..I think you gotta fly the whole damn chunk uninterrupted to truly hear why I think Dick would have(and should have) picked this show. It’s absolutely remarkable imo. So structured in some spots and jazzy-improve-mania in others. Billy’s offbeat work in that jam after Truckin’- into that maze of a first and second TOO is so wonky in spots but always, somehow, keeps flowing. The shit is crazy....You can hear Keith using the wah during the first TOO in unison with Bobby’s rhythm at around 2 min or so, at least that’s what I think it is. I shake my head in disbelief every time I hear it. The Rat on the way out is unreal…This show is in my top five for ’73 and I have no idea why they have not released this beauty officially yet. I loved it since the first time I heard it and still listen to it every fall.
Honestly though, what else really needs to be said? It’s classic November 1973 Grateful Dead - amongst the best of the best by most standards, and definitely by mine. Cheers to this classic performance and it gets my very highest recommendation, must have, must hear!
Subject: Wharf Rat...
Subject: Excellent First Set
The first set, on the other hand, has a pedestrian setlist with some standout performances. Cumberland Blues is searing, and the China > Rider is one of my all-time favorites. Although China Cat is a little sloppy - Jerry drops into the transitional jam at 7:05, and the rest of the band doesn't catch up until the next bar - the energy is extremely high. Everything clicks during Rider, which soars to a huge climax.
This is another great-sounding board from Mr. Miller and a nice show from a consistently excellent tour.
Subject: Inconsistent with moments of excellence and moments of snooze button
Big RR, what a great way to start a show.
Jack Straw is fun and well played.
Sugaree is a bit too mellow.
Mexicali gets the energy up only a bit, but not where it could be.
HC Sunshine is again rather mellow. It does pick up the pace when they get into the jamming, which is structured and groovy. Nice version here.
BTW, Bob bungles the lyrics in the first verse. Strong finish to the song, though Bob could tone down the vox a smidge. At least he's passionate.
Cumberland hits the spot with a great intro, and the jams continue to hit the spot again and again.
Row Jimmy is nice, slow but solidly played. Sometimes this song can take on a great amount of energy, this one isn't that kind. It is the deliberate type.
Race is On
BEW has some great build ups featuring Jerry noodles.
TN Jed is well played, with Jerry and Bob dueling licks in the last moments of the jam before the final verse.
El Paso isn't where I would expect it to be. It lacks umph, though it is well played.
China>Rider has a great little transition jam. Very cohesive, not stuff with energy, but you can't find fault here. They do find a great amount of energy at the end of Rider!
Around x 2 to close out the set doesn't pack the punch we know it can.
Truckin>TOO>Big River>TOO>Eyes>TOO>Wharf Rat
Truckin goes into an extended jam after a great verses/middle jam session. This jam is, predictably, quite bluesy. It has its ups and downs. For a bit there it seems like something you'd hear in a hotel lounge.
TOO enters the scene with Garcia notes, no bombs. Energy is somewhat lacking here. It's played well, but not exciting. I need this song to start off, at least, exciting. After a couple of minutes it gets well, but where the hell is Phil? I remember reading that he was sitting down, literally. As in, on a chair. He's clearly off the mark. Jerry, however, is not. After 3 minutes they go into the official TOO theme, which falls into exploratory jamming. After 8 minutes they return to the theme, and Phil is somewhat present. The hit the verse, without any real bombs, and since Phil is AWOL Jerry heads right into exploration, and from there heads into some level of space, but it's really just Jerry showing out, the other guys are elsewhere. Weir then adds some weirdness and Billy joins the mix.
Perhaps this looseness is what enable Big River, one of only 2 times played out of TOO (the other one haha being in Lille, France, 1972). The move into the song was signalled by Jerry. He must have wanted to pump the boys up. Jerry and Billy do their best, and finally gets Keith motivated again.
On a dime Bobby sends us back into TOO. Phil seems to be awake for now. Garcia puts in more fine work here, and the band is more gelled together for this go around.
Then they go into Eyes which has again lost steam. Jerry is again great, but the others are lacking that intensity I crave. Phil gets a solo, which isn't all that bad, considering, but definitely not his best work.
TOO for the third time, which doesn't happen often. Odd they chose to do it on a night where Phil was on his own island of insignificance. Starts of a snoozer, Garcia once again pushes them, and they struggle their way through the 2nd verse.
Wharf Rat, Jerry has earned it, but he seems to have fallen into the snoozer mode too finally.
Overall, this show lacked intensity in a lot of places. Peaks and valleys, definitely a lot of great moments. For some, it will be a top show ever, for me, it is more of a paper tiger. It is still a great show, but I expected too much perhaps.
Subject: mobile fidelity
Subject: solid show
I'll argue that the HCS is good not great, def not one of the best. That flub at the end of the jam and the last verse is prominent. Overall, they are still in their heyday as a band and I could listen to fall of '73 for months on end. Great job, as always, Charlie. You're a gem of a human being.
Set 1 - everything mighty fine, Jerry pulls the tension exactly where its needed on every song. Got to give the supremo-gold star in this set to Cumberland - everyone, really, you simply won't be able to sit still while this goes on. I rarely, when listening through a set, will backtrack and listen to a song again, unless there's really something special going on - this Cumberland has it all over the damned place. China Cat > Rider is a great companion piece and works beautifully late in the set.
Set 2 - just '73 gold beautiful everything - check out the Big River in the middle of all the jammy craziness - they tap right back into that boogaloo rhythm that they were so familiar with at this period. It's all fantastic. Love this show!
Subject: This show grew on me
HCS - easily a contender for my top 5 favourite versions of this song. Originally I would have agreed with the poster (on a differnt version of this show) calling it sloppy, but like the whole show, it improves with more careful listening.
Cumberland Blues is smokin'; Brown-Eyed Women is inspired; China > Rider never let's me down!
Truckin' - where's Phil? Really good version, but I'm craving those bass bombs after they build-up ~6.5 min. He seems to be missing a bit in the first TOO, which lacks the urgency of other versions. This Big River popping up is pretty sweet, and I agree with clementinescaboose about the second TOO- it is a cracker!! But really the whole second set is magnificent, and the first is chock full of little gems.
You can hear little stuff-ups, but that's part of what makes this band great, and they keep at it to get us to that magic place.
The question was answered in a few seconds when a sign on the road said Entering Cucamonga.
The next question was, "Where the hell is Cucamonga?"
I still don't know where Cucamonga is but do sort of remember this was a concert to remember.
A highlight from one of the best tours the Dead ever put on.
Keith's piano and Jerry's lead tones are at there most accurate and exploratory. Phil raging like the rhythm section for an entire orchestra kills every single song (especially the Eyes solo imho). The jam segment of set 2 is simply exquisite. Don't think they ever did they "Big River" sandwich again, nice change from the more usual Other1>Me and My Uncle>Other 1. This is a perfect showcase of how amazingly the Godchaux's had fit into the Dead's sound. This is our favorite band at their peak.
Maybe I'm easy to impress, but this show is most excellent in performance quality and transfer. Undoubtedly five stars. Up there with the Winterland, Denver, and UCLA shows also from this wonderful tour.
(95 outta 100)
Subject: GOO GOO GOO
This show deserves official release.
The Truckin' goes deep, and the 2nd Other One has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster! Cool Eyes, amazing China>Rider and rockin' HCSS too!!
A really busy day in history....great shows from across the years:
71/72/78 & 87...
However if I had to make a choice it would certainly have be this gem....
The major highlight [as with most of the reviews] is a perfectly played Here Comes Sunshine... but also some very special versions of China/Rider, [an incredible]Truckin'>The Other One> Eyes of The World>The Other One.
This is a very fine show, coupled with an amazing Charlie Miller upgrade. It has a intoxicating jazz/free-form feel to it from start to finish, stretched out by some great Bill Kreutzmann drumming, who plays out some mindblowingly great 'off beat' syncopated parts that makes you just wanna get up and boogie...
A highly creative & potent period in the history of Grateful Dead & a very well played, imaginative show from the fall tour 73,miss @ peril ;-]
black throated wind really takes off and is amazing
row jimmy jams, piano is great in there
rest of the show promises to be just as great!
Subject: In the wrists, and on the road
The second set of this show is as good as late-73 Grateful Dead gets, and not much gets better than that. It's true musical Road Music:: from a hot-rockin' Truckin' (which goes everywhere) into the otherness of the Other One, to the banks of the Mississippi, back into Otherness, down to the Wharf, then to West Texas and Colorado, and then Goin' Down the Road itself, all revolving around and exquisite Eyes in the center. If you haven't yet taken this trip, take it.
Subject: The cat has been to the vet.
At the risk of sounding like I'm sitting on the fence I'd say it's PROBABLY the best Here Comes Sunshine. Pretty good fence, but.